Rebinding an old book into a journal and sketchbook

So my latest venture into arts and crafts is the rebinding of books. Specifically, rebinding old books into journals. This was my first one, I completed it a few weeks ago. I picked up the book at a used book store for $5 and the rest of the materials I already had on hand. The book was in okay shape but I did rip the spine a little while tearing the pages out. I used coffee stained drawing paper that was hand torn while wet to give the pages uneven edges. I also kept some of the original pages of the book. Mostly, the parts I actually liked or thought had special meaning about love or religion.

I’ve even begun writing in it and throwing a few pictures between the pages. I thank all those movies and TV shows where people keep these amazing journals for this idea. Now I’m always stopping by used book stores and the library looking for old books to do this to. By the way, used books are so cheap at the library $0.50 – $1.00. I’ll probably be giving these away as Christmas presents. I think I’ll make a tutorial for rebinding old books into journals in the future when I get a little better at it. I found so few tutorials on how to do this I kind of just made it up as I went along and learned quite a few lessons. I have a much larger book titled Australia that I plan on making into a travel journal for the day I finally visit the great continent of Australia.


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